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Education Ministry Is Looking At The Option Of A Four-Term School Next Year- Kumar

The Ministry is looking at the option of a four Term school next year, where the first Term can be used to catch-up and revise complex/difficult concepts and topics. In this way students should complete learning missed for this year.
29 Aug 2021 11:23
Education Ministry Is Looking At The Option Of A Four-Term School Next Year- Kumar

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Premila Kumar assures students and parents that the Ministry will make every possible effort to ensure that students are not unduly disadvantaged because of the prolonged school closure.

There is a lot of speculation on the National Examinations for Year 13 students that is causing unnecessary stress and anxiety to many students and parents.

Minister Kumar says, “We are currently working with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to identify possible options relating to Year 13”.

The Ministry is encouraging children aged 18 years and above to get fully vaccinated.

For students of age 17, the MHMS is working on a vaccination plan with Moderna vaccine, and an announcement will be made as soon as the logistics are worked out.

Students are reminded to continue learning from home using the Weekly Home Study Packages prepared and disseminated by their teachers while schools remain indefinitely closed nationwide.

It is important that they continue to learn from home for their own safety and well-being as the number of active COVID-19 cases remains high.

Children are vulnerable to coronavirus infections and transmissions. It is important that we protect them and for now they are safest at home.

Many countries across the globe are working towards vaccinating children from age 12.

MOHMS is also working on the option of vaccinating students above the age of 12, when the Pfizer vaccine arrives later this year.

This will further improve protection of our students.

Several countries have been experimenting with opening schools prematurely, only to close them again because of large transmissions. We do not want to be faced with such situation here in Fiji.

“Learning remotely can be difficult for some students. I request parents to provide their support, guidance and assistance as much as possible. It does not matter if you do not have subject expertise, you can still assist your children through continuous encouragement and support.

One of the most important things that all parents can do to help their children is help them manage their time.

The discipline that comes with good time management and supervision leads to effective learning. So, I urge parents to help their children and create a study routine for them”, said Minister Kumar

Parents should continue to collect printed materials from the nearest schools in absence of reliable internet services. Teachers will continue to provide printed learning materials.

“This week I have also encouraged the principals to fully engage with their students in providing the necessary learning support and advisory to their students and try and dispel all misinformation that are floating in the social media”, reiterated Minister Kumar

The Ministry is looking at the option of a four Term school next year, where the first Term can be used to catch-up and revise complex/difficult concepts and topics. In this way students should complete learning missed for this year.

Minister Kumar said, “I thank our teachers who are going the extra mile to ensure their students receive printed learning resources. The relentless support from our Community Leaders is an excellent example of the Fijian solidarity and I thank them for their support”.

The Ministry will continue to work with the MOHMS and relevant stakeholders to monitor the daily COVID-19 situation in Fiji and review the safest possible option relating to school re-opening.

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